Clement-Jones family 12/22 - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family 12/22 - Person Sheet
NameEdmund STAFFORD 5th Earl of Stafford, 6940
FatherHugh de STAFFORD 2nd Earl of Stafford , 12237 (1344-1386)
MotherPhilippa BEAUCHAMP , 12238 (1344-1386)
MotherEleanor DE BOHUN , 6956 (1366-1399)
ChildrenHumphrey , 6936 (1402-1460)
 Anne , 12254
Notes for Edmund STAFFORD 5th Earl of Stafford
Edmund Stafford, 5th Earl of Stafford and 6th Baron Audley, KB, KG (2 March 1378 – 21 July 1403) was the son of Hugh de Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford and Philippa de Beauchamp.

He inherited the Earldom at the age of 17, the third of three out of four brothers to inherit the title. His eldest brother, Sir Ralph, died before inheriting the title and his two elder brothers died without issue.

Marriage and children

He married Anne of Gloucester as her second husband under special license, as she was the widow of his brother Thomas Stafford, 3rd Earl of Stafford who had died prior to the consummation of his marriage at the age of 18. Edmund and his brothers were ward of the Gloucester family. Anne was the granddaughter of King Edward III by his son Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester and Eleanor de Bohun.

With Anne he had three children:

Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham who married Anne Neville, daughter of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland and Lady Joan Beaufort. Joan was a daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and his mistress, later wife, Katherine Roet. Had issue.

Anne Stafford, Countess of March, (d. 20 September 1432), who married firstly Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March. Edmund and Anne had no children. She married, secondly, John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter (d.1447) and had one son and a daughter: Henry, Duke of Exeter (1430 – 1475) and Lady Anne Holland (d. 26 December 1486).

Philippa Stafford, died young.

Later life and death

He was made a Knight of the Bath, along with his younger brother Hugh, a the coronation of Henry IV and a Knight of the Garter in 1403.

He was killed by Archibald Douglas, 4th Earl of Douglas while fighting with the royalist forces of King Henry IV at the Battle of Shrewsbury on 22 July 1403. He was buried at the Church of the Austin Friars in Stafford.


The 5th Earl is featured in part one and two of the play by William Shakespeare, Henry IV.
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